For the past few decades there has been a debate raging in American sports culture about the use of Native American names in sports. Teams like the Washington Redskins and several other professional and college teams have been criticized for using Native American names as mascots and team names. Some people criticize the names and say that it’s offensive and demeaning and should be changed. Others say that the names honor Native American heritage have been a team tradition for many years and should not be changed. Sports teams should not use Native American names as trademarks or mascots because they promote negative stereotypes of Native Americans in society.
When people talk about mascots being named after Indian cultures they think that the Indians being recognized should feel honored. However, when that team plays their rival the other fans are taught to hate those people causing them to hear hateful and degrading comments throughout their lives. “If it’s the team’s tradition, then it’s a legacy of bigotry.” (Wulf). People don’t show respect for Native Americans they use them to create a profit.
For the past years, different groups and organizations have wanted to change the mascot. To these groups and organizations, they felt that the mascot was offensive and disrespectful to them. Some Native Americans states that use of their imagery under the name “Indians” is offensive viewing Indians as warriors like in the back in the wild west. Here are some reasons why we need to keep the mascot 1) it is a symbol of our school that we take pride in.
History of the term “Majors” and the Mascot The sideline mascot was created by the Spirit Committee of the SBA in the spring of 1985 when they began requesting mascot uniform designs. It first appeared on the field in the fall of 1985. There are two articles in the Purple and White documenting this. See Mar. 26, 1985, page 6 Here and Sept. 10, 1985 page 1 and 5. Prior to this time, the only visual representation of the athletic teams for Millsaps were the words “Majors,” which first appeared in the early 1900’s, the military “leaf,” which is the insignia for a major in the military, was used on jerseys and helmets, and the graphic seal of the college with the encircled line drawing of the college founder Major Millsaps’ head and shoulders.
a. What happened? Sarah Adams-Cornell and Jacqueline Holder, Chair Person of Parental Invovolment of Oklahoma City Schools, addressed McLoud to change their mascot name due to the negative effect it might have on their Native American Students. Mcloud acknowledged the issue and after seeing support from the local community and a local native american tribe, it was decided that would keep the name the Redskins. b. What was the ruling/decesion?
One reason symbols become offensive is when they stop representing the history of a people and begin stereotyping people. For example, The Guardian website recently published an article discussing how statues can influence a viewer’s perspective of Native Americans. The site posted pictures of a group of monuments and wrote, “In this group of monuments, Native Americans are depicted in a position of weakness, usually at the feet of white settlers.” When visitors view these statues, the Native Americans look weak and helpless. Where are the statues depicting the strength and courage of the Native Americans?
The NFL has always consisted of male players, but that needs to change. I strongly believe that girls should be able to play football because we love football too, it’s unfair and sexist, and we deserve an opportunity to participate in sports. Being a girl myself, I can say that it’s pretty tough being a girl that loves football. Most of the time, I don’t get to play something that gives me confidence simply because of my gender. Not only do boys love football, but we do too.
Despite having a wide plethora of health problems, there's no question the UGA mascot is perfectly suited to cheer on the dawgs on behalf of the passionate fans the football games generate. The University of Georgia is well respected, academically, in large part due to its prestigious veterinary school. Some would find it ironic that a university, known for providing the highest quality veterinary care in the nation, employs one of the most vulnerable, unhealthy dog breeds to represent a strong and tough football team that isn't afraid of a challenge. Somehow, the university pulls it off and makes UGA easily the most likeable mascot in the SEC. Without UGA, the stadium would seem empty.
A college mascot is a person wearing a costume that is thought to bring luck and represent the school. Mascots are often fictional representatives and are usually being used for merchandising. That is because the college mascot takes on the form of the school logo. During game day, college mascots are an integral part of the sports experience. They come out with the players, get the crowd pumped up, do cart wheels for every score and many more.
Native American portrayal cinema typically portray many stereotypes, such as being one with the Earth, alcoholic and dressed in headdresses. However, not all movies and their portrayal of Native American are the same, for instance the movie The Outlaw Jonesy Wales portrays Native American in a different context. In the movie one of the main character is a Native American chief who is not bound by these common stereotypes. Instead he acts just like any person would act and does not put emphasis on what race he comes from. Although it is still very obvious what race he is, but it is not over the top trying to make the audience believe what race he is by portraying as the Hollywood Indian.
Do you think the name Redskins has a positive or negative impact? The Washington Redskins has had its football team name for 81 years. There’s a disagreement going on with the name because people say that this name is very racist towards Native Americans. Native Americans are rarely recognized these days but since they have been aligned with the NFL, there are many schools, groups, and organizations named after this team. Washington Redskins fans, including many Native Americans are okay with the football team name “Redskins”.
Goodbye to Racial Mascots: California Bans the Use of “Redskins” in Public Schools Oct. 11 marks the victory of a statewide movement to prevent a racial slur from public use. On that day, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the ban on using “Redskins” as team names or mascots in public schools. The bill was well received by the majority, and many expected that this would set a good example for other states and the next generation. Without a doubt, the term in question — referring to the brutal crimes that British colonizers had done to Native Americans — is a racial slur that many Native Americans have long found offensive. However, when it comes to something as prestigious as the Washington football team or as intimate as a tradition of Amherst College.
Is it offencive for sport teams to use Native American names and mascots? Is it really that bad to have a Native American name for a sports teams? Do you think that it is racist? Having a team with a Native American name is not a bad thing. If you have a teams named after specific Nationality group, like the Indians, then that would be splendid because the Indians were feared people, it’s an honor for the Indians, and it would help the Americans remember the Native Americans.
Is using Native Americans as mascots for sports teams offensive? It does not matter if it is a high school or a college, sometimes even the NFL. Examples of sports teams that use Native Americans images are Washington Redskins, Florida State Seminoles, and a high school Cherokee Braves. It is not offending and there should not be any problem because it is not making fun of anybody. Using Native American images and names in professional, collegiate, and high schools sport teams does not reinforce and perpetuate stereotypes because it symbolizes their culture, shows that they are ready to play, and appreciates their coexistence.